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Wrestlers split final duals of the season
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Senior Trevor Troxel with a head-throw that lead to a pin. - photo by Staci Roen

MUSCODA - The Riverdale High School wrestling team had a busy week splitting a pair of dual meets.  Last Tuesday night Darlington-Black Hawk came to the high school for senior night. The Chieftains won five of the seven matches wrestled but lost the dual 43-23. 

This dual was the final home match for two Riverdale seniors, Trevor Troxel and Isaiah Snyder. Both seniors went out on a high note scoring first period pins. 

“Trevor and Isaiah went out and took care of business,” said Coach Jeff Campbell. “It was great to see both of them finish off their home careers that way.”

Three other Chieftain wrestlers scored victories on the night.  Caleb Johnson scored six takedowns on his way to a 16-5 major decision at 145 pounds.  Kenny Elliott would follow suit at 170 pounds with a 10-2 major decision. Garret Wilmot would be involved in another nail bitter taking a tied 3-3 match into the ultimate tiebreaker where he would score an escape to win. 

“Dominating wins for Kenny and Caleb,” said the coach. “They looked very strong in all positions, while Garret wrestled a tough opponent until the final whistle. He showed a lot of toughness to escape and pull out the match in the ultimate tiebreaker.”

Shale Meyer wrestled his first match in two weeks and wrestled hard taking a 2-0 match into the third period before being defeated 7-0.  Colt Pechan looked much improved in battling to a 10-2 defeat at 138 pounds. 

In JV action, Sean Deglow wrestled close in both of his matches before falling by pin. Athan Karabetsos scored a third period pin to notch another victory.

Final dual

Friday night Riverdale traveled to Cuba City for the final dual meet of the season. The dual featured seven matches with Riverdale coming out on top in four of the matches. Pechan started the match at 138 pounds and fell behind early 5-0. For the final two periods Pechan pushed the action on top coming close to turning his opponent a number of times but was unsuccessful and fell 5-0. 

After a forfeit to Cuba at 145, Johnson scored a pin in the third period against one of the Cuban’s seniors. Karabetsos would wrestle 160 and fight off an aggressive opponent for six minutes losing by a 10-2 major decision.

Elliott was up next at 170 pounds and was able to put his opponent’s shoulders to the mat in the second period. Troxel would follow suit scoring five takedowns before pinning his opponent in three minutes. Wilmot wrestled Cuba City’s ranked heavyweight to a tight 5-4 match late into the third period before he was taken down and pinned. 

Meyer would take a forfeit at 113 pounds to put Cuba City up one.

Brian Mathews then moved up to 132 pounds with the match on the line. Mathews would take a 2-0 lead into the second period. At the start of the period Mathews executed a perfect roll to reverse his opponent and score a pin. His pin would secure a 30-25 dual meet victory for the Chieftains.